Happy Healthy and Fit

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Time for ADVENTURE~ it's NOW or Never


Tomorrow marks exactly one month until the Gracious Living Yoga & Surf Adventure Retreat I am co-creating in Nicaragua. One of the most fascinating things I have observed in sharing the information and inviting people to attend is the initial soar of enthusiasm at the idea of it quickly followed by the lead balloon that goes something along the lines of ~ That sounds amazing, I wish I could go, but it's not the right time.....

When is the right time for an amazing adventure? When you have an adventurous spirit, the right time is right now. From as early as I can remember, my older brother used to lure me into some character-building experiences. He would simply grin from ear to ear and ask me if I wanted to go on an 'adventure?' These adventure ranged anywhere from stealing balls off the fairway of the golf course adjacent to our home to taking the car for a spin well before licensed, breaking windows or wreaking havoc some other sort of way. Regardless of the consequences, he knew my trigger was the word adventure and all he had to do was ask.

To pass on an adventure for fear of consequences would have made for a sad and limited existence. What I learned early, was that adventure feeds your soul and ignites your spirit. Adventure makes you interesting, fearless, free-spirited and familiar with consequences.

If not now, then when? It is always the right time for an adventure, or it never is. Everyone has some sort of responsibilities. I am not suggesting that you run away from your spouse, children or job to come to Nicaragua for a week of bliss, I am only suggesting that you realize life can change in the blink of an eye. If you are missing out on life's great adventures for fear that it will cost you your job or your relationship. Know that you are not living in Truth. If your job values you and your relationship is built on love, they will thrive when you return ignited. If they are going to break, let them break sooner than later, so you can fill your life with purpose and true love.

When I set out on my first great adventure, I was 20. I packed two duffle bugs and walked away from a brand new twin-turbo sports car, a loving family, job offers and my recently acquired college degree to work as a stewardess on a 150-foot private yacht set to sail around the world. Ultimately, 'stewardess' translated into cleaning crap out of toilets, serving meals and doing laundry. I still reflect on this decision as one of my best adventures and life experiences ever. I traveled to places that many people have never heard of. The price of my consequence? I sacrificed taking a job in Corporate America, where I might still be stuck 20 years later.

A more recent big adventure was last year when I decided I wanted to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro. This was something I had stumbled upon in a book. Reading one short paragraph of someone else's adventure was enough of a trigger to my soul that I knew I must go at all cost. The timing was completely off on this one, or perhaps it was divine? Within 3 months, I had joined a fundraising team, raised the funds and summited the world's highest freestanding mountain. Consequence of this decision? Divorce from dysfunction.

I could go on and on about my personal adventures and the pursuant consequences of my decisions, but I really just wanted to share with you that had I done what everyone else was doing or encouraging at the moment, I would have missed out on my whole amazing life. I would have traded my time for money, limited my life and leadership skills and remained trapped by fear in a loveless relationship.

Adventure is the path to true self. Adventure puts the fire in your heart, spring in your step and sparkle in your eyes. Now might not be the ideal time for an adventure, but half the fun of the adventure happens as a result of who you become after the adventure. If you have never had an adventure, chances are you are stuck in the rut your life has become. A rut is a shallow grave and adventure is your new lease on life! You don't need to fear consequences any longer. Truth is you face them everyday you shortchange your soul staying stuck in a rut of fear.

Being Happy Healthy and Fit means discovering and exploring your Adventurous spirit. Are you ready for an Adventure? It's NOW or Never!

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